HMS Neptune Commemoration and Closing Ceremony
8:30 – 10:30pm Sunday December 18, 2016
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington
- A public event
- 100 person Guard
- RNZN Band Sunset/Beat the Retreat
- Large visual display
- Names of the New Zealanders lost read out by Sea Cadets
The following ships will be in Auckland for International Naval Review, 17-22 November 2016.
Auckland CBD, 16-22 Nov
CNS Yang Cheng (China)*
JDS Takanami (Japan)
HMNZS Te Mana
ROKS Chungbuk (Republic of Korea)
INS Sumitra (India)
RSS Resolution (Singapore)
KRI Banda Aceh (Indonesia)
Bark Esmeralda (Chile)*
*not open to the public on open day, Sun 20 Nov
Devonport Naval Base, 16-22 Nov
HMAS Dechaineux (Australia)
CIPPB Te Kukupa (Cook Islands)
VOEA Pangai (Tonga)
SPB Nafanua (Samoa)
*ships berthed at Devonport Naval Base will not be open to the public
HMNZ Ships Te Kaha, Canterbury, Endeavour and Wellington, USS Sampson, HMAS Darwin and HMCS Vancouver have been re-deployed to Kaikoura in support of the earthquake
International Fleet Review, 19 Nov
HMNZS Otago (Review Ship)
HMNZS Te Mana
CNS Yang Cheng
Moving review line ships
CIPPB Te Kukupa
Health and Safety Rules
- Due to Health and Safety (H&S) requirements, rules will apply when boarding all naval vessels. There will be signage at the various entry points to each queuing area – for your safety the following must be adhered to:
- All visitors MUST be fit and able to navigate steep stairs, narrow corridors and climb through hatches
- No more than TWO children under the age of 14 per adult
- All visitors MUST have the ability to climb up/down steep stairs unassisted
- All visitors MUST have closed toe footwear (No high heels or jandals/sandals)
- No Backpacks or Large Bags allowed on board
- No Bags to be left unattended
- No Hot Beverages allowed on board
- No smoking while on board or while queueing
- Cold beverages must be in a plastic bottle with tight lid
- No photos to be taken INSIDE the ship
- Ships Company and Event Crew have the right to refuse entry to anyone at anytime
What to Bring
- For safety, please wear closed toe footwear when embarking onto the ship
- Please also bring drinking water – as the ship will only be able to supply emergency water
- Sunscreen and hat – there is little shade on-board
- To ease congestion, please consider organising carpools or using public transport (Britomart Transport Centre)
We are working with the event organiser, Auckland Council and Police on traffic management.
Access to wharfs
- Auckland Waterfront, Quay Street
- Viaduct Basin
- Wynyard Quarter
The principal sponsor is Westpac and others include:
Air New Zealand
Panuku Developments Auckland
NZ Defence Association
New World Devonport
AAL (Air Affairs Limited)
The Navy Club Inc.
Throughout 2016, the Navy has been celebrating and commemorating through a programme of events. The main event is the Navy’s “International Naval Review” (INR). Taking place in November, this will see navies from around the world and the Pacific region come to Auckland. At least 15 countries will be sending ships for the International Naval Review to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Particpants are:
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea*
United States of America*
*sending a ship and or aircraft – media release for more details
2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of our Navy. This occasion is a milestone in the Royal New Zealand Navy and through the generosity of our sponsors the Navy is able to showcase its past, present and future, and commemorate the service of all the men and women who have served since inception, and those who have supported the people in uniform.
Our people are drawn from all parts of New Zealand and this is an opportunity for the Navy to say a heartfelt “thank you” for the support we get from the community.
The events are designed to take the Navy to the community by showcasing the Navy of today, while valuing the historical contribution of those who have gone before us.
It is also about acknowledging the country’s commitment to secure trade routes, law and order, and the ability to help our friends at sea and from the sea.
The Navy is a high performing organisation the people of New Zealand have contributed to, served in, and been assisted by and this year is our chance to celebrate our national commitment.
Operation Neptune is hosted by Royal New Zealand Navy. Captain Andrew (Andy) Watts, RNZN, is the Director of Op Neptune and responsible for the planning and execution of events.
The name “Operation NEPTUNE” has been chosen to highlight the greatest single loss ever sustained by our Navy. HMS NEPTUNE (a sister ship to HMNZS ACHILLES of River Plate fame) was being prepared for transfer to the Royal New Zealand Navy when she was lost in an enemy minefield in the Mediterranean on 19 December 1941 with the loss of all but one man, including all 150 of the New Zealanders who had already joined the ship.